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15 Top Health Systems cultivate a culture of transparency

15 Top Health Systems cultivate a culture of transparency

By Maria Castellucci  |  April 23, 2016

Fostering a culture of transparency on performance measures is one of the key strategies used by the health systems that made this year's list of Truven Health Analytics' 15 Top Health Systems.

What California providers will do when asked to help patients die

What California providers will do when asked to help patients die

By Harris Meyer  |  March 11, 2016

California patients who want to take advantage of the state's new aid-in-dying law are likely to face challenges in finding cooperative providers, at least initially. But two major systems say they'll support physicians who participate.

Ascension seeks productivity elixir from its joint venture in Cayman Islands

Ascension seeks productivity elixir from its joint venture in Cayman Islands

By Merrill Goozner  |  February 06, 2016

Ascension is looking to its Caribbean joint venture with India's Narayana Health to provide a model for enhancing hospital productivity. But bringing the model home would require major changes in physician and nurse behavior, an overhaul in surgical and postoperative care, and regulatory reforms.

SEIU membership in Calif. grows with Kindred staffers

By Maria Castellucci  |  December 28, 2015

More than 220 employees at Kindred Hospital La Mirada in California voted to join the Service Employees International Union. The SEIU's growing membership is trying to raise California's minimum wage to $15 an hour and fully fund Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.

Sutter Health maintains operating momentum as costs creep up

By Beth Kutscher  |  December 09, 2015

Sutter Health, a 25-hospital system based in Sacramento, Calif., overcame rising costs in the third quarter as it saw additional revenue from higher volume, fewer self-pay patients and the return of the state's provider fee program.

Sutter sees higher revenue as outpatient activity grows

By Beth Kutscher  |  October 15, 2015

Sutter Health, the Sacramento, Calif.-based system, continued to benefit from higher Medicaid payments and a decrease in uninsured. But like many of its peers, the 25-hospital group is grappling with higher labor and supply costs.

Tech firms refocus to address Stage 3 meaningful-use rules

By Beth Kutscher  |  October 10, 2015

A new group of innovators are entering the final phase of the federal electronic health-record program as its focus shifts away from implementation and toward quality outcomes and patient-centered data exchange.

Longer lives, falling rates put pressure on hospital pension plans

By Melanie Evans  |  September 19, 2015

Healthcare systems face broader unfunded pension liabilities as they make long overdue updates to their assumptions for retiree longevity, and raise the level of assets they will need to account for a falling discount rate.

Sutter Health reports stronger margins, discloses $3M settlement

By Beth Kutscher  |  July 22, 2015

Sutter Health reported that it nearly doubled its operating margin in the first quarter of the year as admissions increased and more patients had insurance. The Sacramento, Calif., system also disclosed that it entered into a $3 million settlement in May with the U.S. Justice Department.

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